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British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:43:32 AM »
an optimistic valuation I think.

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 12, 2016, 09:24:58 AM »
Thats more like it, you have a 1957 350 AJS.

I now suggest you contact the AMCOC who for a small fee will supply chapter and verse on it. they only need frame and engine numbers, things like magneto numbers are irrelevant, possibly they may even tell you to where it was first supplied.
They have masses of info, help and a good spares scheme.

If it where my bike I'd clean it up and use as is.

BTW I never suggested  a deficit of thanks; many of us older riders also have health problems, its one reason we are found sitting at a computer rather than on a bike :)

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: June 09, 2016, 10:30:32 PM »
Why do people these ask questions if they are not coming back with decent info? ::) ::)

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 02, 2016, 07:11:26 PM »
Parti- tours were operating in the 1950s as well.

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:52:48 PM »
Cyril Quantrill?

 He edited and wrote for a lot of the bike press in those days, quite a well known name in his day.

Parti-tours was the name of the touring runs they organised, to lots of other places than Spain.

Craven panniers were the dogs bits back then;  a "factory"   in a railway arch in north london, they were very helpful when I went there for fittings for a secondhand carrier I had bought.

Came across as nice people in their articles.

As ever google is your friend

The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Ken and Mollie Craven Articles
« on: June 01, 2016, 04:38:38 PM »
 The Motorcycle, Motorcycling were weeklies not monthlies.

But what were the monthly mags of the 1950s? I know of two but senior moments are blocking their names :-\

the name Cyril Quantrill lurks nearby...

I remember ken and mollie cravens articles well, you sure they were not in the weekly mags? I think Motorcycling was the one.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Best & Llyod pumps
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:44:23 AM »
Here's a better link with pics;an interesting firm I did not know about. Looks like  a place to get my very odd Sunbeam Best and Lloyd re made.

I can deal in French Ok.

They are based just south of Nantes; Around Nantes there is a very good vintage club,high   interest in vintage  bikes; the annual Nantes a Montaigu  rally is a big one.

probably an encouraging factor.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Best & Llyod pumps
« on: May 10, 2016, 10:29:08 AM »
apart from these being a very rare item, and mostly defective due to the metal they were made from deteriorating, there are many different models,often specific to a particular bike.
So it would help if you knew what for?

If its one of this type then you are lucky

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: May 10, 2016, 07:04:36 AM »
He says its 1957
therefore 1930 catalogues are not of much use,especially as  after that AJS is the subsidary of Matchless.

I have never seen anyone mistake a magneto number for an model ID.

I'm suggesting the  OP is either overseas or has imported a bike from some where far away where it is common practice to alter engine/frame numbers to suit local needs.
I have seen a lot of such things, and you'll find the Owners club  has too.

A decent photo will clear it up.
No AMC single ever had matching numbers.

Its also possible the OP has  an early genuine AJS that is much faked up, again to suit local registration.  I once found a 'Dunelt' in Spain and the only bit Dunelt about it was the brass ID plate; I managed to ID at least 4 different marques on the bike, including two on the engine.

photo photo photo

British Bikes / Re: AJS RS1
« on: May 09, 2016, 01:35:59 PM »
As a long time AMC owner /rider  I can say there ain't no such thing.

read the engine number, it will give the date, engine size, model, and do not be surprised to find you have a Matchless engine in it, or one from a different year.

can you post a photo?

and lastly the AJS/ Matchless owners club will give you chapter and verse and who it was supplied to and when. For a small fee.

Wanted Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors Ltd. Brixton Hill London
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:47:55 PM »
I expect they went up market with the move to Brixton. :o [you need to be a londoner to get that joke]

I'll have to check through my old mags; that one would appear to be 1954/5?

snide and sharke speciallsed in selling cheap oddities like Pannonia;  TWN; Motobecane scooters, weird mopeds of all kinds and Small Italian stuff,

I bought a good part of their stock when they closed down. Too long a tale to relate here, but I can assure you the name snide and sharke was appropriate right till the end. Staff had more fiddles than an orchestra. I bought a room full of mags and dynamos, there was only half a room full when I turned up to collect them >:(

There was some right crap in Geo Clarkes Brixton Hill shop, even the walls were oily.

Wanted Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors Ltd. Brixton Hill London
« on: May 04, 2016, 06:17:54 PM »
George Clarke's place was like a much scruffier Pride and Clarke; he specialised in sidecars as I remember his main new stuff was Panthers fited to huge sidecars.

As for Perce Rye, he was a gold mine of bits,best visited on a Sunday morning when he needed beer money; it was not a yard, but a 3 storey victorian house. Chock full of parts, piled up anyhow.
I remember him well, from the late 1960s
His house was about here. Probaly a million+ quids worth now,-0.1895243,3a,75y,164.83h,83.15t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1stxbLXLC3k4LBAz97Ct4qxA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

Japanese Bikes / Re: 1980 yamaha xs850 "midnight special"
« on: April 28, 2016, 01:48:51 PM »
There is no cost effective manner to rebuild a knackered 35 year old jap bike.

British Bikes / Re: Tracing a Triumph
« on: March 14, 2016, 08:14:20 PM »
either way its odds on its long gone to the great scrapyard in the sky unfortunately.

British Bikes / Re: Tracing a Triumph
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:27:22 AM »
they don't like the number because both sites ask it to be entered in a different format.
thats  different to the normal responses I get if the bike is gone.

could just be me of course :(

either way its unlikley it still around, I contributed to the destruction of a good few Triumphs over the years myself.

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